Armed Trump supporters near St. Petersburg, Florida, polling site were off-duty guards and had not been hired, officials say

“There was a misunderstanding,” said Thurston, who said he is not formally affiliated with the Trump campaign. “We didn’t hire them. It might have looked like that, but that’s not what happened. They were not there to intimidate anyone.”

Late Wednesday, the top elections administrator in Pinellas County, Julie Marcus (R), said the two armed people had told sheriff’s deputies that they were hired by the Trump campaign. She said generally that voter intimidation would not be tolerated.

On Thursday, Thurston said the tent was 250 feet from the polling site, beyond the perimeter where campaign signs and guns are not permitted. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri (R) said the off-duty guards had done nothing illegal.

The Trump campaign denied that it had hired the pair, and Gualtieri said at a news conference that there was no evidence that it had.

“What gave people the concern was just their presence,”

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‘Realtor to Watch,’ agents hired, top producers at Wagner

Local real estate professional Jordan Chancey has been named as a “Realtor to Watch Under 40” for the Class of 2020 by the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee and its Young Professional Network.

This award recognizes real estate agents who represent excellence in leadership, community involvement and other outstanding qualities of a successful and well-rounded real estate professional under the age of 40.

Chancey joined Re/Max Alliance Group in 2017 as a broker-associate in the Bradenton office and quickly earned the Rising Star Award. He has 15 years of experience as a real estate professional, specializing in residential, commercial, land and property management.

His commitment to professionalism is reflected in his numerous designations, including Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Accredited Commercial Professional, Seniors Real Estate Specialist and Certified Professional Property Manager.



Sarasota real estate agency Couture Real Estate added four agents in the third

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